At our recent employee meeting, Nikki won the Launch Award for being the “Rookie of the Year” and making an instant impact. Since joining Brooks in 2010, Nikki has single-handedly upped the visual presentation of our brand online, building out entire sections of our website and adding information that highlights our technologies. She’s a great teammate – and I’m lucky to sit next to her.
Name: Nikki D’Amico
Job: Web Marketing Coordinator
Currently running in, and why: The Launch for my everyday runs because I love the way the shoe wraps my foot, leaves me unencumbered and doesn’t weigh me down on my runs.
The Cascadia for my trail runs because it gives me great traction and comfort in all conditions and terrain.
Favorite apparel, and why: Infiniti Short IIbecause it fits me just right, doesn’t chafe, and the holster pockets are great for my key card when my run gets pushed back in the day.
Currently training for: Nothing in particular, just not being too terribly out of shape and any random race that sounds fun.
What you do when you’re not running: Snowboard, rock climb, make books/journals, work on my couch lounging abilities
Favorite race distance: it’s a close match between the 200m and the mile. I love the 200 because it’s all out no thinking, but I don’t quite have the required speed. I love the mile because it’s quick, but you have to be patient at the same time and the amount of strategy, along with all that can go right or wrong during a 4-5 min race is fascinating to me
Favorite place to run: Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA
Favorite running memory: There are so many, but just the collective memories of my first month running in college and really experiencing trail running for the first time; I’m pretty sure I was smiling on every run for that month.
Race – or place – you dream about running: Just learned about the Dipsea Race in Northern California. It’s supposedly the oldest trail race in America and the course looks beautiful and crazy challenging.
Running strategy: Have fun and try not to take it too seriously
What makes you Run Happy? Being on a great trail with great friends
Favorite running music: Nature. I can’t seem to run with music because I like being able to hear my surroundings
Favorite TV Show: My go-to-show is most likely Friends, but I can’t get enough of Family Guy, The Office, and Futurama
Favorite team: WWU XC…gotta support the alma mater
Favorite movie: I’m kind of addicted to movies so this is a tough one, but Elf and 90s Sandler movies are definitely top picks
Favorite book: Another one that’s hard to land on one, but Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Night by Elie Wiesel are up there